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PEC members invited to annual meeting June 20

Reposted from pec.coop

Pedernales Electric Cooperative members are invited to the Co-op’s annual meeting June 20 in Cedar Park. The meeting will be held at Cedar Park High School in the South Performing Arts Center, located at 2150 Cypress Creek Road in Cedar Park.

At the annual meeting, PEC members will have an opportunity to cast their ballots in the 2015 PEC election if they haven’t already voted by mail or online. Members will also get to hear reports on the Cooperative’s activities and initiatives, and they’ll also have the opportunity to address the Board of Directors.

For more details on the meeting, view the full article at www.pec.coop

VOTING DEADLINE IS JUNE 12: Keep local control of your co-op

11427167_903913376337407_7957555560055107509_nThe PEC Voting deadline approaching…just a few more days to June 12. If you have voted, thank you. If you have not yet voted, be sure to vote by mail or online as soon as you can.  This will be a close race and this election is critical for PEC’s future and yours.

If you have not received your ballot or if you can’t find it, you can call the PEC Election service at 866-909-3549, Monday through Friday, and a new ballot will be sent to you via e-mail, along with an election ID, password and instruction on how to vote.

You have seen for yourself the tremendous transformation made at PEC in recent years. 

  • PEC rates are lower than national and state average residential rates at this time
  • PEC is delivering outstanding service and there are many initiatives underway to continually improve performance.
  • Capital credits pass on to members every year. 

We are on the right track, and we are working hard to reduce your electric rates further. PEC is a source of  community pride and we enjoy our independence and autonomy as PEC member/owners.

This election could change that if members don’t get involved.

There are candidates who want to privatize the co-op by opting in to a system called “customer choice”. Getting into a competitive retail market in PEC service territory is NOT A VIABLE SOLUTION to lower rates. It only deregulates the utility and opens it to profit -driven interests. Rates will be higher. Additional charges will be applied to your bill and will therefore increase the cost of your electricity far beyond the advertised rates you’ve agreed to.

The one co-op that has entered into “choice” now has higher rates than the PEC rate of $116.20 per 1000kWh.  “Choice” HAS NOT WORKED for members.

The “Choice” decision is a HIGH-RISK route to dissolve PEC. In that situation, members have to scan the market to find their own Retail Energy Provider and manage their own energy contract. Retail Energy Providers are profit driven, PEC is non-profit and you, as members, are the owners.

WORSE: “CHOICE” is an EXPENSIVE decision that IS ALSO IRREVERSIBLE ACCORDING TO STATE LAW. We would be under Public Utility Commission authority.

This is a critical election. I urge you to vote and I ask for your support. Together, we can continue our work to keep PEC locally-run and autonomous.

Thank you

Re-Elect Cristi Clement
PEC Director District 1

UPDATE: Friends of PEC endorses Cristi Clement for PEC District 1 Director

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Marble Falls-based citizen group ‘Friends of PEC’ has announced its endorsement of Cristi Clement for PEC District 1 director. The group also supports Larry Landaker for the position of District 6 director.

Both candidates offer similar views on the future of PEC and are committed to work tirelessly to provide reliable and affordable power through a variety of sources. Their vision for the future includes giving PEC members an extended array of tools to adjust the cost of power based on their individual needs . Both stand in favor of an autonomous co-op model and are fierce protectors of members’ rights and privacy.

Ballots will be in the mail by May 20, 2015. For more details on how to vote, click here.

REFORMS YEAR-TO-DATE TRANSLATE INTO LOWER RATES AGAIN

It is wonderful to see reform efforts begin to pay off!!

PEC has lowered rates 3 times since November 2014. That’s real savings for every member.The March 1 reduction took our total cost of $118.70/1000kWh. The May 1 reduction takes it to a $116.70 range. Our average member (1275kWh) will save about $15 per month—about $180 a year!!

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PEC has moved into a favorable comparison with the state average residential rate of $117.60 — as reported by the PUC to the Texas Legislature in January. And there is more to come!!

We’re not finished; we’ll be looking for any future opportunity to lower rates again!

Lower-rate pledges have to be more than campaign rhetoric.

Rates adjustments call for a delicate balance to be achieved between systems reliability, employee safety, and the continuity of capital-credit returns to members. Sound fiscal management practices are in place now and we all benefit.

Thank you for your continued trust in PEC. It’s our coop, let’s protect it.

PEC honors linemen on National Lineman Appreciation Day

(Reposted from pec.coop)

America’s electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

On April 13, 2015, PEC will honor the hardworking employees who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.

The full text of the resolution, which the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board adopted unanimously, follows:

“Whereas linemen leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; Whereas linemen work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; Whereas linemen are the first responders of the electric cooperative family, getting power back on and making things safe for all after storms and accidents; and Whereas there would be no electric cooperatives without the brave men and women who comprise our corps of linemen;

Therefore be it resolved that NRECA recognize the Second Monday of April of each year as National Lineman Appreciation Day and make available to electric cooperatives, materials and support to recognize the contributions of these valuable men and women to America’s Electric Cooperatives.”

We proudly recognize all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety.

PEC invites members to take a moment to thank a lineman for the work they do. Visit the Co-op’s Facebook page or Twitter and leave a comment using #ThankaLineman to show your support for the men and women who light our lives.